Quotables: Sounds Like Tyra Banks is Fiercely Dumb

12/20/2013 2:00 PM PST, by
"I don't like the label 'plus-size' -- I call it 'fiercely real.' On 'Top Model,' we call it fiercely real. I don't want to use the term 'plus-size,' because, to me, what the hell is that? It just doesn't have a positive connotation to it. I tend to not use it."

--Tyra Banks tells HuffPost Style about her diabolical plans for revolutionizing the fashion industry.

Except really, this is just a ridiculous notion. It's nice that Tyra is trying to promote a more positive body image, but this simply isn't the way to do it. There are a number of things wrong with calling plus size clothes "fiercely real." It brings up the idea that only women who fit into plus size clothes are "real women," which is just incorrect. And can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to walk into a store and ask "excuse me, where is your fiercely real section?" Because that's the whole thing: it's embarrassing.

She's saying that plus size women need that silly little bit of encouragement when shopping for clothes, and it's just not true: we could use some better clothes in general before we tackle what we call them. Or hey, maybe Tyra could even try getting a "fiercely real" model on her show, one that doesn't just have slightly bigger boobs and hips. Or maybe she could work on trying to get different body types involved in the fashion world in general, maybe in one of those magazines she has connections with. If she just started thinking about changing any of those things, that would do a whole lot more good than universally changing "plus size" to "fiercely real."

So thanks for trying, Tyra, but maybe just try something completely different.
Filed Under:  Tyra Banks , Quotables

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892 days ago

I can't stand this Bald Bitch. She reads at a grade 5 level and is said too have really bad S#IT BREATH.. Have a nice day ;p

892 days ago

I think you are insane. A "Plus Size" model is an 8. Are you telling me that someone is an size 8 they are plus size??? You are out of your damn mind. I agree with Tyra on this. Big girls know they are big girls and can be embarassed about it...you dont need to make it a bigger stigmatism and send them to the women's "Big & Tall" section. idiot

892 days ago

If you look at the definition of the word dumb I think it relates more to your article than it does to Tyra. You are so freaking two-faced on this site. You dog out Miley Cyrus's friend for making fun of Demi but you call Tyra dumb. You pick on who you don't like. You're not a journalist. Who hired you? Your Daddy? Do you really think she is talking about changing labels to fiercely real? Let's look at that quote again: "I call it fiercely real" "We at Top Model call it..." Did you notice the words I and we? Those are personal pronouns. Get it? It's her OPINION. A size 12 or 14 is more realistic (slow down and think: average, the norm)size of the American woman but the fashion industry calls it Plus. A size 00 is not average and is not the norm. BTW, Top Model did have a real women. Almost every season has had some one who was a more REAL size. Remember Whitney who wore a size 12-14? Tocarra,was a 12. Robin from the 1st season? Give me a break.

891 days ago

Fishwrapper writers are bullies.

890 days ago

Emily Trainham, YOU are dumb.